Pope replaces Polish archbishop, who faces cover-up allegations on his 75th birthday

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Pope Francis has replaced the Archbishop of Gdansk on the prelate's 75th birthday.

Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź was replaced by an apostolic administrator on Thursday at the age of 75. He was recently shown a devastating documentary about priest abuse and cover-up in Poland. The 2019 film "Tell No One" shows how he praises a well-known abuse priest, Father Franciszek Cybula, at the priest's funeral, even though he knows about his abuse.

Although canon law requires bishops to resign at age 75, it is unusual for the Pope to accept resignation so quickly.

Prominent Polish abuse survivor Barbara Borowiecka told the AP that she was euphoric when she learned that Głódź had been replaced. "I'm so, so happy and shocked," she said. "I never expected this news, never in a million years."

This is the second time in recent months that Pope Francis has replaced a prominent Polish bishop on his 75th birthday.

Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability said the Pope's decision to remove Głódź so quickly was encouraging, but he could do more. "If he's outraged that the archbishop is pampering the perpetrators, why not denounce them publicly?" she told the AP. "Why not explicitly fire him instead of giving him the dignity of retirement?"

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